my story so far
Hello, I’m Amanda founder of Holistic Herbology, a contemporary Naturopathy Clinic and Herbal Dispensary specialising in women’s health. My journey into health began over 20 years ago when my own health was suffering and the only solutions offered to me were to suppress symptoms, suffer side effects from pharmaceutical drugs, stick a plaster on and never question the root cause of why I was so unwell.
I did begin questioning and researching, I studied nutrition, drastically improved my diet and very quickly saw an improvement in my health. This led to further study and eventually to seeking out the possibility to train in the field of complimentary medicine.
In 2006 I graduated from the renowned College of Naturopathic Medicine in London, where I had the privilege of spending 5 years being educated by some of the countries very best Herbalists and Naturopaths. In addition to the theory and practice of Western Herbal medicine, I studied Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, Naturopathic Principles, Naturopathic Nutrition and gained many hours of clinical experience. Of course my studies didn’t end there and they never will as I continue with a passion to increase my knowledge, attending lectures and workshops whenever I can. Continued professional development keeps me up to date with the very latest clinical research and scientific studies
After nearly 15 years in practice I decided it was time to begin concentrating on, not only where my strengths and experience lie, but in areas where herbal medicine works so incredibly well. My drive to improve the health and well-being of women through all stages of their lives, was the catalyst that led me to the creation of Holistic Herbology.
I am an accredited and registered member of the United Register of Herbal Practitioners, Association of Naturopathic Practitioners and the General Naturopathic Council, as well as carrying the “Herbmark” which means my training is accredited by the European Herbal and Traditional Medicine Practitioners Association.
An initial consultation with me is designed to give you the space you need to be heard and feel listened to. It is an in depth exploration of your current health concerns, allowing me to gather as much information as possible, listening to your story and how I can support your needs.
This allows for an in depth analysis of your health, with exploration into your body’s systems, analysing symptoms, finding clinical patterns & supporting you emotionally.
This session is about advising and guiding you back into health with the end goal of empowering you to be your own healer, knowing that I’m always here to support you in your journey to optimal health.
Follow up consultations, take place usually a month later to discuss how you are getting on with the medicine, how you are feeling and what changes have taken place. This session gives us more time to explore other areas of concern, for coaching, education and support as well as the space to talk about plant medicine and how to live well in order to prevent disease. From here, we can progress with consultations, until you feel you have everything you need.
As a Medical Herbalists I work with plants whose traditional medicinal virtues are backed up by modern scientific research. I have studied orthodox medicine as well as plant medicine and I am trained in the same diagnostic skills as a GP.
However, herbalists and naturopaths take an holistic approach and treat the underlying root cause of illness, to rid symptoms, rather than just masking them.
I can safely prescribe plant medicine to be used alongside other medication and treatments, especially to relieve side effects.
You will receive a personalised prescription created specifically for you, along with lifestyle and nutritional advice.
Wherever you may be on your journey, I am here to support, advise and ensure you are educated & empowered, so that you can always make an informed decision when it comes to your health.
MY AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Peri menopause marks a time where significant hormonal changes are occurring and these changes lead eventually to menopause. Just as every women is different, each will have their own unique experience during this transitional period of life. Symptoms are varied, unpredictable and often go unrecognised as peri menopause, leading to misdiagnosis.
From peri menopause through to menopause and beyond it is vital for women to feel supported and encouraged by someone who understands fully what they are experiencing physically, as well as mentally and has years of experience in helping women just like them.
Whole body health evaluation and care are vital to manage both symptoms and preventively address changes that can impact heart, bone and brain health.
I focus on symptoms by looking at hormones themselves, as well as liver and gut health as both are involved in metabolising hormones.
Gut health, hormonal imbalance, adrenal dysfunction, stress, anxiety and skin conditions are also my speciality and when treated holistically return balance to the body, restoring health. It is no coincidence that many of my clients have more than one of the afore mentioned conditions, its not unusual to have them all, however by identifying and treating the root cause, working together we can restore optimum health and maintain it in a sustainable way.
Of course I’d be delighted to see you about almost anything else too! I can treat most conditions you’d normally visit your GP with. My ultimate goal is to help women connect with their bodies, understand their remarkable physiology and maintain a sustainable balance in their health, to support natural, healthy ageing.
It’s always ideal to have a consultation with me to really get to the root of your symptoms and enable me to prescribe for you a bespoke herbal formula. At times this is impractical and for this reason I have created custom blends for specific conditions or symptoms to purchase without a full consultation.
introduction to herbal medicine
An Introduction To Herbal Medicine
The use of plants for healing predates recorded history and forms the origin of most modern medicine. Many conventional drugs originate from plants, for example aspirin from willow bark, digoxin from foxglove, morphine from the opium poppy and the development of drugs from plants continues, with drug companies engaged in large-scale pharmacologic screening of herbs.
Although superficially similar, herbal medicine and conventional pharmacology have important differences. Herbal medicine practitioners use pure plant extracts containing several different constituents that work together synergistically and by using the whole herb rather than an isolated ingredient, toxicity leading to unwanted side effects are removed.
Herbal medicine can either be given as…
- A decoction – roots, barks, berries boiled to make a tea
- A tincture – plant material is macerated in alcohol
- Powders – dried & ground plants
- Capsules – dried plants within a capsule
- Topical creams & ointments
- Herbal teas
- As well as through our diet, the plant foods we eat are medicine too, which is why culinary herbs have traditionally been added to meals.
This means a prescription can be tailored to the clients needs and preferences.
I use practitioner strength herbs, organic, wild crafted and biodynamic wherever possible.
What is Naturopathy?
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. It is based on the healing power of nature supporting and stimulating the body’s ability to heal itself. Naturopathic medicine is the art and science of disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention using natural therapies including: herbal medicine, clinical nutrition, homeopathy, Ayurvedic Medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, cleansing, detoxing, fasting, lifestyle counselling, health promotion and disease prevention.